DOJ Announces Task Force to Investigate Nursing Homes for Neglect and Abuse

The Federal Docket

March 18, 2020

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced that it has created a task force to investigate nursing homes for neglect and abuse of elderly residents as part of its National Nursing Home Initiative. The task force was created to “focus on poor hygiene and nutrition, withholding pain medication, using sedation or restraints when they are not warranted and moldy or rat-infested patient rooms.”

The task force currently has 30 active investigations going in nine states. Potentially problematic is that the government has determined to prosecute nursing homes for “grossly substandard care,” which has not been defined under federal law. As such, it will be hard for nursing homes to know what degree of neglect or substandard conditions incurs criminal liability.

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Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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